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Grad vizzers create virtual reality games with ILMxLAB’s help

posted September 18, 2017
Texas A&M graduate visualization students spent the summer creating four virtual reality games from scratch with guidance from industry experts at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, an industry leader in Immersive Entertainment production.

Oct. 23 symposium spotlights college, faculty research

posted September 14, 2017
The 19th annual College of Architecture Research Symposium, “Natural, Built, Virtual,” is set for Oct. 23 in the Langford Architecture Center’s Preston Geren Auditorium. It showcases research and creative work by college faculty and doctoral students.

Viz prof tapped to join NAS program advisory board

posted September 13, 2017
André Thomas, a visualization professor, who is leading an effort to establish video games as an educational tool in universities and high schools, has been tapped to join the advisory board of the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Public Engagement Program.

Micro-manufacturing initiative earns NSF Convergence Award

posted September 12, 2017
To investigate the viability of micro-manufacturing in the United States, the National Science Foundation tapped Francis Quek, professor of visualization at Texas A&M, as one of 23 recipients of a $100,000 Convergence Award.

Viz prof honored by Smithsonian for Minimalist Art essay

posted July 10, 2017
An essay spotlighting prominent artist and critic Donald Judd’s use of sculpture and prose to elevate architecture in his hometown, Kansas City, earned its author, Susanneh Bieber, assistant professor of visualization, recognition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Study to illuminate algorithmic results

posted July 5, 2017
Researchers at Texas A&M are working to illuminate the computational reasoning process, why algorithms reach the conclusions they do, as part of a four-year, $1.6 million project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a division of the U.S. Department of Defense that explores new technologies.

Viz students vied for top spots in global competition

posted July 3, 2017
Video games and virtual reality environments developed by former Texas A&M visualization students contended for top prizes in the final round of “The Rookies,” a global competition for young designers, creators, innovators and artists.

Registration begins for Oct. student-led 48-hour game jam

posted June 26, 2017
Student video game designers vying for coveted prizes will design games from scratch in just 48 hours at Chillennium 2017, an Oct. 13-15, 2017 event hosted by the Texas A&M Department of Visualization.

Effort aims to protect patient privacy in health data analysis

posted June 26, 2017
A team of Texas A&M scholars is investigating how health science researchers can accurately analyze troves of available patient data from various sources while maintaining patient privacy.

Students, residents in Houston to combat neighborhood toxins

posted June 22, 2017
Residents of Sunnyside, a Houston area neighborhood beset by water and air pollution and prone to flooding, will collaborate with College of Architecture students to develop plans to improve their community and create a roadmap for future growth.

Tier One Program funds extraordinary learning experiences

posted June 22, 2017
This fall, Texas A&M College of Architecture students will design building envelopes from auto assembly line waste, research problems facing communities on the Texas-Mexico border, and create a virtual reality platform to test engineering designs.

College to honor outstanding alumni at Oct. 26 ceremony

posted June 21, 2017
Nine former students from the Texas A&M College of Architecture, distinguished humanitarians and leaders in their respective fields, will be honored as outstanding alumni at a Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 banquet in College Station.

Teacher 'making’ workshop fosters STEM education

posted June 19, 2017
Local elementary school teachers are stocking up on hardware supplies and brainstorming new lesson plans after learning basic programming, electronics and 3-D printing at a three-day workshop hosted June 12–14 by Texas A&M Department of Visualization faculty.

Cutting edge couture: viz grad creates 3-D fashion

posted June 8, 2017
Futuristic bridal gowns, haute couture costumes and tech-inspired fashion accessories, all made with 3-D printers, have garnered international recognition for Rachel Nhan ’11, who crafts costumes suggestive of avant-garde armor and shows them worldwide.

Vizzer creates, runs eclectic record label

posted June 6, 2017
From emo-punk to Arkansas space rock, unassuming music impresario Jonathan Lee Gonzales, an entrepreneurial Texas A&M visualization major with his own record label, is orchestrating a three-city Texas tour this June to showcase more than half of the 17 unique bands represented by his label, Sunday Drive Records.